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Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base Paperback – Illustrated, May 1, 2012
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
- Paperback : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316202304
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316202305
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.85 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Back Bay Books; Illustrated Edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I really tried to see which Area 51 book to pickup that wasn't all about UFOs, I was looking for a book that would give insight as to how things on the base were actually run day to day, the role of the base during key moments and periods of the Cold War. By and large this is that book, but if I have to nitpick, I wish more could've been discussed about the 1980s when stealth technology and other out of this world type stuff would've been developed and tested.
Now for the bad... If you do any searching for Annie Jacobsen and this book, a lot of what you'll find details the biggest claim in this book. That would be what "really" happened at Roswell in 1947. Consider this a *spoiler alert*: what crashed at Roswell was a type of drone aircraft built by the Soviets, apparently manned by deformed children that'd been operated on by Josef Mengele for Stalin. Stalin wanted to recreate the type of panic Orson Welles did with his War of the Worlds broadcast, the deformed children were to be the aliens in this case.
That ridiculous load of crap is the one real complaint I have with this otherwise amazing and exhaustively researched book. An enjoyable read, great insight into a lot of classified projects, great sources, but with just one terrible, crack pot like explanation for Roswell. Maybe the craziest I've heard so far.
For all the negative reviews attempting to discredit Jacobsen and this book (and some of them were just plain nasty and completely unwarranted), I have one and only one conclusion: somebody out there does *not* want you to read this book!
Who should NOT read this book:
1) Anyone who is looking for highly technical information on the U-2, A12, or F-117, or who is looking for scientific research. Jacobsen is a journalist, not a scientist or engineer. She writes for the rest of us who are just looking for the big picture.
2) Anyone who believes in and is hoping to hear about aliens from outer space. Any reviewer who says this is a "tin foil hatter" book has *not* read the book.
3) Anyone who who believes we should blindly trust our government and that they always have our best interests at heart. To say she should completely rely on government sources for all of her information is pure naivete.
4) Any scientist, engineer, or government person who is already familiar with these black programs. It seems there were many who read it for the sole purpose of picking it apart in an attempt to discredit the author. Move on already.
Who SHOULD read this book:
1) Anyone who wants to know more about the development and history of black programs in the United States. Personally, the book was a real eye-opener, especially learning the extent of nuclear testing in the continental USA. The heart of this book, and the main question that is asked is this: how do we balance citizen's need-to-know with their right to know. As a journalist, Jacobsen presents the information, asks the questions, but always lets the reader draw their own conclusions.
My advice: do not let the negative reviews keep you from reading this book and forming your own opinion.
If anyone thinks they can do a better job, that they can interview more people and do more research than Annie Jacobsen did--then go at it--and stop complaining. I am waiting for your book.
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Far more worthwhile than much of the hysterical nonsense masquerading as ‘ UFO revelations ‘, and for anyone with an interest in the development and use of U-2, then Oxcart ( later SR-71), a fascinating read.
Highly recommend this book.
The only sentence really shedding some uncensored light was when someone asked about ufos in area 51 and were told never to mention it again if they wanted a career! There’s the book investigate that why didn’t you! Anyway among the myriad of clearly censored stories it appears they are partly responsible for blowing holes in our ozone layer too.
Summing up no ufos just boring rubbish and trivia for the masses to be superficially be amazed at ! And did she go on and on and on !
This book is nuttier than an explosion in a snickers factory and should be filed under fiction or fantasy, as i dont believe there is a delusional section in the library catalogue system.